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Justice Deferred Was Justice Denied

Sunday night, in the middle of the Great Blizzard Of 2010, three guys tried to knock over the jewelry counter at the Kohl's Department Store in Woburn, Massachusetts. They'd planned well; they timed the robbery for when the city would be concerned with the snow, and when the employees would be transporting the diamonds and other valuables from the counter to safekeeping.

They'd not planned well enough. The police showed up in time to ruin the getaway. There was a shootout, and the ringleader and the cop killed each other. The other two robbers got away briefly, but were later apprehended.

The officer in question was the son of a cop (a former Chief in Woburn), was 60. He'd had 34 years on the job, and was looking forward to retirement. He'd just finished talking a woman out of committing suicide. He was a husband and father of three.

A sad story, but nothing really worthy of a great deal of notice. Not until the trademarked Mass. Insanity kicks in.

The ringleader was of an age with Officer John Maguire. Dominic Cinelli was 57, and also the son of a police officer. Cinelli's brother had also shot a cop, back in 1981. Cinelli was a career criminal, out on parole since 2008 -- when he had been serving three concurrent life sentences.

Let me repeat that:

He had been serving three concurrent life sentences.

Cinelli's criminal record included several armed robberies, armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, drug possession, unlawful possession of a firearm.

In 2008, he came up for parole. He'd completed several rehab programs in prison, and was granted parole.

He had been serving three concurrent life sentences.

While on parole, he managed to get his hands on a gun, hook up with a couple of accomplices, planned and attempted to carry out yet another armed robbery.

He had been serving three concurrent life sentences.

He had spent roughly three-quarters of his life either in jail or doing things to get him tossed back in jail. He had proven, numerous times, that he had little interest in going straight, of living the straight and narrow. But the state's parole board figured he was worth another chance, and another, and another -- so they let him go.

He had been serving three concurrent life sentences.

Today, a woman is a widow. Three children are fatherless. And the city of Woburn, Massachusetts is mourning its first ever police officer killed in the line of duty.

Killed by a man who was on parole from serving three concurrent life sentences.

Cinelli's fellow robber is charged with murder and attempted robbery. He's being held without bail. The third guy -- the getaway driver -- says he didn't know about the robbery, he was just giving a neighbor a ride after getting a phone call. He's being held as an "accessory after the fact" and held on $1,000 bail.

Cold comfort to the widow and children of Officer John Maguire. There is absolutely no justification for releasing a career criminal who was serving three concurrent life sentences. There was absolutely no reason Cinelli should have been out of jail, let alone free to get a gun, recruit accomplices, and attempt yet another armed robbery.

Except... it's Massachusetts. That's just how things go down in the Bay State.


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Comments (20)

I fully expected Massachuse... (Below threshold)

I fully expected Massachusetts to seek compensation for the family of the MURDERER.

And then the mudererer's family will sue the family of the slain cop claiming he used "excessive force"

There is a reason why the "Wild West" was wild...people took the law into their own hands because initially there WAS NO LAW. Massachusetts has laws...they just ignore them.

EVERY member of the Parole Board that unleashed this madness should sent off to serve a life sentence. every one of them!

It used to be that Massachu... (Below threshold)
jim m:

It used to be that Massachusetts just gave convicts a furlough (Willie Horton). Now we cut to the chase and just parole them. Less red tape for the ruling class.

The truth about Massachusetts is that the ruling class is completely out of touch with the public. People don't want this crap, but there are few alternatives to the dems, who dominate the state.

All I can say is WOW! I di... (Below threshold)

All I can say is WOW! I didn't know you could get out if you are serving three concurrent life sentences. I'm speechless really.

Had he committed murder before? Wow-o-wow. And to think I thought of living in that state at one time!

There was a man in Oakland,... (Below threshold)

There was a man in Oakland, Ca. during the late 60s who shot, and killed, a police officer and was sentenced to death. The death penalty was overturned and his sentence became life in prison. He was paroled during the 80s and soon thereafter was in another gunbattle with police, wounding two or three. He was sent back to prison until mid 90s, then paroled again. Six mos. later he AGAIN shot it out with the cops, again wounding more than one. Whereupon he was arraigned,and released, ON HIS OWN RECOGNIZANCE by a liberal, biased, judge. True story, I swear...

Like others here I read 'th... (Below threshold)

Like others here I read 'three consecutive life sentences' and I am stunned this man was free to commit another murder. THREE CONSECUTIVE LIFE SENTENCES!?!?!? Hopefully, in the days to come, we can learn the names of those who aided this murderer's return to society to murder again.

An extremely sad story espe... (Below threshold)

An extremely sad story especially so close to Christmas. Now for the rest of their lives all the family members will associate this holiday with the death of their husband and father. But that's democracy as it is. Sometimes Ameriacn democracy is closer to the utopias it seems.

In a state where you are cr... (Below threshold)
jim m:

In a state where you are criminally liable if you do not shovel your sidewalk before 6 hours after a snowfall, there ought to be criminal liability for paroling someone that has 3 consecutive life sentences.

Unfortunately, the reality is that the leftist egg heads that run the state will just shrug their shoulders at their failures at tell the public that it wasn't their policies that failed, but that it is society (ie the public themselves) that is at fault.

Sickening. From the Herald ... (Below threshold)

Sickening. From the Herald Story (emphasis mine):

    Dominic Cinelli’s parole records show a checkered past: a rehabilitated junkie who started shooting heroin at 14, he was a career criminal who at one point was serving three concurrent life sentences for several armed robberies, armed assault with intent to commit murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

    But an appeals court decision made him eligible for parole and he walked in February 2009. The Parole Board at that time noted: “Cinelli’s release to community supervision at this time is not incompatible with the welfare of society."

THIS is what the reporter defines as "checkered"???
I gotta correct folks: thre... (Below threshold)

I gotta correct folks: three CONCURRENT life sentences, not three CONSECUTIVE life sentences.

I'm not saying that it makes it better, but just that it coulda been worse.


If/when we have to hit Ctrl... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

If/when we have to hit Ctrl-Alt-Del on this republic we need to bring back the noose.

That, and require that only taxpayers and/or service members get to vote. Parasites have no business voting on how the contributions of others are used.

We are approaching a point ... (Below threshold)

We are approaching a point where the citizens feel a necessity to take care of lawbreakers themselves. That is not ideal at all, but people are so tired of criminals that are coddled. New Hampshire, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, etc. are states that favor the law abiding citizens. ww

This is the kind of stool t... (Below threshold)

This is the kind of stool that happens when you aren't serious about dealing with that 1-2% of people who will commit serious crimes.

Pray for his family to ofte... (Below threshold)

Pray for his family to often people forget officers are on watch 24/7.

WHy do we put people in prison?

Is it so they can become better people?
Or is it so that we can protect society by keeping criminals behind bars.

This guy was a repeat offend with a penchant for violence and murder.
I real do not care what he done with his life it was and will always be danger to society if you want to release him release them when they are to old to commit crimes.

It like Magian's Law. The worst piece of crap in the USA.
If you are going to tell society that if you release a child molester he is highly likely to commit molest again. Then we need to keep them in prison until such time as they are no longer a threat. 500 years which means with good behavior they would be eligible for parole in 175 years.

We should have made it ille... (Below threshold)

We should have made it illegal for scumbag felons to buy firearms. 'Cause Lord knows felons scrupulously adhere to all laws and regulations.

"He had been serving three ... (Below threshold)

"He had been serving three concurrent life sentences."

Well there's a "life sentence" as you and I understand it, and a "life sentence" as a liberal understands it.

People in Kalifornia are wondering WHY the violent crime rate has dropped so much. They'll find out soon, when some federal liberal idiot judge starts releasing "non-violent" offenders - and the crime rate skyrockets.

"Overcrowding"? Those cons have never had it so good.

GF,I say we house ... (Below threshold)


I say we house prisoners like US Navy sailors on a fast attack submarine.

<a href="http://ww... (Below threshold)
The board voted 6-0 to parole him, concluding that he had made strides in prison by combating substance abuse and participating in violence-prevention programs, and had avoided disciplinary problems in prison for nearly a decade.

Wow! He participated in violence-prevention programs! He's the reincarnation of Gandhi, I tell ya!

Perhaps the parole board would treat the public's safety with a bit more seriousness if they put some skin in the game. Can the board members be charged as accessories to the crime? Or can the state at least make them pay a fine every time a paroled inmate commits another crime?

“Cinelli’s release to commu... (Below threshold)
jim m:

“Cinelli’s release to community supervision at this time is not incompatible with the welfare of society."

That's short for "we don't give a damn what you people think and we don't care how many of you get killed by this scumbag." Remember this is the same state where the Supreme Court refused to overturn the Amirault decision saying that it was just time to move on. So they free a murderous drug addict and they refuse to release a man wrongly convicted. The ruling class really doesn't give a damn about the rest of us and they don't care one bit about justice.

The thinking of the Parole ... (Below threshold)

The thinking of the Parole Board defined by A song by Ongo Bongo Only a Lad.

And when he stole the care Nobody dreamed that he would Try to take it so far He didn't mean to hit the poor man Who had to go and die It made the judge cry

Only a lad
He really couldn't help it
Only a lad
He didn't want to do it
Only a lad
He's underprivileged and abused
Perhaps a little bit confused

It's not his fault that he can't believe
It's not his fault that he can't behave
Society made him go astray
Perhaps if we're nice he'll go away
Perhaps he'll go away
He'll go away

Perhaps the parole board... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Perhaps the parole board would treat the public's safety with a bit more seriousness if they put some skin in the game.

A modest proposal: let the parolee work as manservant to a member of the parole board who votes to release him.

You think he's rehabilitated? Great. Then you won't mind sleeping under the same roof with him, will you? You and your family. Sleep tight.

But if your asshole puckers at the prospect, perhaps you should reconsider your vote.






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